To celebrate the opening of the three story Louis Vuitton Townhouse at Selfridges French Maids opened the door and welcomed guests to a business breakfast before a girls lunch, hosted by Julie de Libran, commenced on the second floor. We teamed up with the Hemsley and Hemsley sisters whose menu was served in our custom-made Bento Boxes. Jo Ratcliff created a beautifully illustrated tablecloth inspired by all things Louis Vuitton, in particular the images Bay Garnett had curated for the viewfinder invitations. For the cocktail party, guests had their Louis Vuitton card holders monogrammed while Mary Charteris and Robbie Furze DJ’d the night away with everyone enjoying cocktails made by legendary Savoy bartender Peter Dorelli.
It has always been a dream to share our ideas and vision and I am so excited to have collaborated with Gestalten to write this book on weddings. The celebration of marriage is one of the most evocative occasions most of us will experience, either as a participant or as a guest. There is an alchemy involved that is completely unique and I feel incredibly fortunate to have forged a career that gives me the chance to experience first-hand the personal mix of imagination and artistry that is unique to each wedding.
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We recently designed and produced a dinner for the new Berluti store launch in London at the Blain Southern Gallery during the Bill Viola Exhibition. It was a refreshing opportunity to work on a very masculine event. We created bespoke long grey wooden tables with sunken centre troughs that we filled with gorgeous succulents for a seamless, bucolic run. I adore succulents. Their fleshy sculptural forms and incredible colour variations were the perfect masculine alternative to flowers.
Berluti was established in 1895 and in the workshop the makers wear leather aprons, which we thought would work brilliantly on the event waiting staff to bring an element of the workshop to the table. Photograph by Nick Vinson
Leather embossed menus, which were then patinated by Berluti craftsmen with Berluti shoehorns on top.
Bill Viola’s art work adorned the walls.
Valentine Warner made all the food and the amazing Colin Field from the Hemmingway Bar at the Ritz created delicious bespoke cocktails.